Report: Newcastle now closely watching £40m CL midfielder, Eddie Howe’s a huge fan
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Report: Newcastle now closely watching £40m CL midfielder, Eddie Howe’s a huge fan

Newcastle United fans will be over the moon that Premier League football is returning today.

After surging into the top four before the World Cup, they travel to Leicester City to try and continue their amazing run.

A report from The Athletic has also outlined their potential transfer plans going into January.

Eddie Howe will know how important a couple of big signings could be to Newcastle’s season next month.

Of all the teams currently competing for a spot in Europe, Newcastle arguably have the least depth in their squad.

Howe will want to make sure that one or two injuries to key players don’t derail their season.

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A return to the Champions League is the dream, but any European football next season would be a massive success.

The Athletic suggest that Newcastle are now watching Edson Alvarez to provide more options in midfield.

Bruno Guimaraes has established himself as one of the best players in the league not playing for a traditionally top six side.

The report suggests Newcastle want a number six that could allow Guimaraes to play further up the field.

Alvarez would certainly fill that role, and Eddie Howe is already reportedly a big fan of the Mexican.

Newcastle now closely watching Alvarez

The Athletic believe that Newcastle want a midfielder is more ‘defensively sound and athletic’ than Jonjo Shelvey.

Alvarez certainly fits that mould, as one of Europe’s best defensive midfielders.

He’s a fantastic tackler and wins more aerial duels than virtually any other player in his position.

Valued at £40m in the summer when Chelsea bid for him, Alvarez would certainly be within the Magpies’ budget.

His Champions League campaign with Ajax this season didn’t quite go to plan, but did highlight his ability to play at the highest level.

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Newcastle will be watching a number of midfielders alongside Alvarez, and will want to get the best deal possible.

Plenty of other Premier League sides, including Arsenal and West Ham are also keen on the Mexican.

Newcastle had a bid for Alvarez rejected in the summer, but will know that additional interest will push up his asking price.

A move in the summer may therefore make more sense, but if Guimaraes of Joelinton pick up an injury in the next few weeks, Newcastle may be forced to act and make a move for Alvarez.

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